Stele with cross and wreath

Egyptian
Late Byzantine (Coptic) Period
500–699


Dimensions

Height x width x depth (not including mount): 56 x 40 x 7.4 cm (22 1/16 x 15 3/4 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.1846

Medium or Technique

Sandstone

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Stele

This funerary stele is decorated with a cross encircled by a vegetal wreath. A Greek inscription runs along the top: EIC[theta]EOCOBOE[theta]OCC[sigma]ILOYHV (Eis theos o boethos sioueu?). The unusual use of “o” in the inscription may be used to divide the words in the inscription. Compare the stele and inscription to MFA AN 04.1846. The inscription on this stele as translated by R. Jasnow reads: “One god (is) he who comes to the aid of Domenos (?), the one also (called) Souros, in the ninth indiction.”

Inscription

inscribed in Greek

Provenance

Said to be from Esna. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (04.1845-04.1848) for £21.
(Accession date: January 1, 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund